For Immediate Release
Storm water basins not as inviting as they might look
Surprise AZ (July 30, 2012)
Officials warn against seeing the standing water from recent rains in parks or HOA green spaces as an invitation to splash around. The water is made up of runoff from sidewalks, streets and neighborhoods and is understandably not fit for human or animal recreation.
“Pet waste, pesticides, herbicides and automotive fluids are just a few of the pollutants that get swept into the retention basins by summer rainstorms,” warns Surprise Public Works Director Bob Beckley, whose department oversees storm water drainage in Surprise.
“Detention basins are not designed for recreational use,” adds Surprise Fire Chief Michael White. “The water is murky and you can’t see hazards such as broken glass,” he says. “In addition, illnesses such as skin, respiratory, ear or wound infections are possible if you come into contact with contaminated water.”
White adds that pets can also contract water borne problems. “It is not a good idea to let your dog splash around in retention basin runoff,” he said.
The Maricopa County Environmental Services Department has published a flier on the topic. Visit their web site at www.maricopa.gov/stormwater
For more summer storm season safety tips, visit the City of Surprise monsoon site at http://www.surpriseaz.gov/monsoon